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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for November 7

Nov 7, 2018
by Justin Hughes

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for November 7, 2018:

  • Schneider Electric Publicizes Uptime Institute TIER-Ready Designs: Schneider Electric’s new expanded power portfolio is capable of up to 1.25mw and provides the broadest range of prefabricated power, cooling and IT designs, the firm claims. The new Uptime certified designs allow others seeking Tier certification to speed up the process while reducing costs by as much as 50% to the end-user. Last year, EcoStructure is Schneider’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform. It has surged onto the IoT platform market, integrating 20,000 systems across 480,000 sites. Andrew Bradner, Vice President, Prefabricated Modular Data Centers at Schneider Electric said, “With our expanded power portfolio and the release of the TIER-Ready reviewed designs, we continue to reduce deployment times and simplify the way data centers are designed.”
  • Amazon in Continued Discussions to Situate HQ2 in Northern Virginia: Amazon maintains advanced talks on situating its second US headquarters in Northern Virginia, according to insiders who chatted with The Washington Post. ‘HQ2’ is predicted to create up to 50,000 jobs and $5 billion USD in indata center summitvestment for the region Amazon picks, with the company spending the past two years requesting cities to offer it the best deal – in the form of billions in tax breaks, economic incentives, and infrastructure investment. Last January, the company proclaimed 20 finalist cities, out of 238 applicants. The Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, reported that the company looks to be leaning to choosing Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, and is holding detailed discussions about how quickly it could relocate employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement would be made. However, it is unknown if Amazon is maintaining negotiations with other finalists.
  • Extreme Networks Creates Agile Mindset and Automation for New Data Center Solutions: Extreme Networks, Inc. broadcast the path to the new, agile data center – one that gives organizations the ability to automate at their own pace with cross-domain IT automation, management, visibility and analytics tools that work in any vendor environment. New hardware and software in Extreme’s Agile Data Center™ solution gives organizations the tools they require to embrace automation, wherever they are. Secure, plug-and-play technology mixes the best of acquired data center networking and automation tools with Extreme’s powerful management, analytics and security capabilities to minimize the risk and mitigate the complexity – and manual labor – involved in deploying and managing multi-vendor environments and transitioning legacy architectures.
  • Ascenty to Construct Latin America’s Largest Data Center: Latin American data center company Ascenty announced the construction of its 14th data center, in the municipality of Vinhedo in the interior of the state of Sao Paulo. The company expects this will be the largest data center in Latin America, at over 105,000 m2. The first phase of the project is worth BRL 500 million and should be finished by the last quarter of 2019. In order to meet the high demand, Ascenty has made significant investments in the construction of new data centers in Brazil and, as a next step, the company strategizes to expand its operations in Latin America.
  • Huawei to Make Cloud Data Center Facility in South Africa: Chinese ICT giant Huawei will create a data center facility in Johannesburg to provide public cloud services, becoming the latest multinational after Microsoft and Amazon.com to announce such plans. Huawei will utilize the South African facility to provide cloud services to all countries in sub-Saharan Africa with official strategies being revealed next week. Huawei’s Cloud Business Unit was established in March 2017 and since then, it has broadcast more than 120 cloud services in 18 major categories. Huawei Cloud has been launched with facilities in Hong Kong, Russia and Thailand in 2018. By end September 2018, it provided services in Asia-Pacific and partner public cloud services in Europe and Latin America, outside of the Chinese market. Huawei Cloud and Huawei partner public cloud are available in 14 countries and regions, and will be available in most of the major regions around the world by end of 2018, according to Huawei.
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